Chinese social media app TikTok is continuing its campaign to convince Western countries that it is not a threat to users’ privacy or cybersecurity.
The campaign, sometimes referred to as “Project Clover,” aims to convince European regulators that sufficient oversight exists domestically to ensure user data is not being funneled to the Chinese government.
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TikTok is currently in the process of establishing two European data centers — one in Ireland — purportedly to segregate the continent’s collected information from Chinese systems. The company also promises to hire a third party to oversee its European sector.
“Project Clover” echoes the US-focused “Project Texas,” which promises to offer some oversight of domestic data collection to the federal government.
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The Project Texas proposal alone has a price tag over $1 billion, the Observer reported.
The app’s parent company, ByteDance LTD, is required under Chinese law to share its data with the Chinese Communist Party whenever requested.
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Because of this obligation, TikTok has been banned for use on state-owned electronic devices in several states across the country, as well as at the federal level, over cybersecurity concerns.
On Wednesday, Congress voted to give President Biden the power to ban TikTok, while TikTok also said every account held by a user under the age of 18 will have a default 60-minute daily screen time.
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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters the same day that the federal government is working on a solution for TikTok, though she would not say whether the social media service would be banned.